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Vessel Scuttled in Ayia Napa to Form Artificial Reef

Vessel Scuttled in Ayia Napa to Form Artificial Reef

An old war ship was scuttled off the off the coast of Ayia Napa on Saturday, to form a new artificial reef along the island’s seabed. 


The vessel, entitled Kyrenia, was donated by the Ministry of Defence. 


This is the fifth artificial reef to be created in Cyprus, following the scuttling of vessels in Paralimni, Paphos and Limassol,with an aim to reinforcing the diversity of Cyprus’ seabed diversity and enhancing the island’s diving tourism product. 


In statements made to the press following the event, Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Nicos Kouyialis, noted that the sinking of the defunct boat took place in the context of the Government’s blue growth policy.


“Our goal is to enrich the tourist product, to give the opportunity to the residents of coastal areas to engage in other marine activities, to increase their income, and also to boost development in the coastal areas of Cyprus," he commented.


According to Mayor of Ayia Napa, Yiannis Karoussos, the new artificial reef is expected to attract in excess of 20,000 tourists to the area during the coming years and generate some €30 million in income from tourism as a result.


“Therefore, this is a worthy investment which must continue" to be developed, he concluded. 

 

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